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Archive for June, 2008

Justification is free (Jn. 4:1)

Sanctification is costly (Lk. 14:25-33)

Justification is instantaneous (Jn. 3:8)

Sanctification is a life-long process (Jn. 8:31)

Justification is by faith (Eph. 2:8)

Sanctification is by faithfulness (1 Cor. 4:2)

Justification is not of works (Eph. 2:9)

Sanctification is of works (Eph. 2:10)

Justification involves Christ’s love for me (Jn. 3:16)

Sanctification involves my love for Christ (1 Jn. 4:19)

Justification concerns Christ’s righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21)

Sanctification concerns my righteousness (Lk. 14:25-33)

Justification involves my position in Christ (Col. 2:11-14)

Sanctification involves my practice (Col. 3:1-11)

Justification considers what God has done (1 Cor. 15:3-4)

Sanctification considers what I am doing (Lk. 14:25-33)

Justification is God’s commitment to me (1 Jn. 5:9-13)

Sanctification is my commitment to God (Jn. 14:15)

Justification requires obedience to one command: to believe the Gospel (Ac. 6:7)

Sanctification requires obedience to all of Christ’s commands (Matt. 28:19-20)

Justification focuses on the cross which Jesus took up once and for all (1 Cor. 1:18)

Sanctification focuses on the cross which I am to take up daily (Lk. 9:53)

Justification is finished at the moment of faith (Jn. 5:24)

Sanctification is not finished until I go to be with the Lord (1 Cor. 9:24-27)

–Source unknown! (HT:  Grace Quotes)

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Never be content. . .

“To grow in your passion for what Jesus has done, increase your understanding of what He has done.

Never be content with your grasp of the gospel. The gospel is
life-permeating, world-altering, universe-changing truth. It has more
facets than any diamond. Its depths man will never exhaust.”

– C.J. Mahaney, The Cross Centered Life (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2002), 67.

(HT:  FI)

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Worth pondering

What are you praying for that only God can do, so that when He does it, He alone will get the glory?

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Do you love the church?

At our church we are studying the distinctives of a Baptist church during our summer Sunday school series. It has been a good study so far on the doctrine of the church even as we have discussed such issues as Biblical authority, regenerate church membership, and church discipline.

What is your view of the church? Do you love the church? I have read this material before but it is being posted again at Pulpit Magazine as a relevant yet timeless reminder of why every Christian should love the church and be involved wholeheartedly in a local church.  Here are the current posts–I think there will be more to come.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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The blame game

We are great at blameshifting.  We do it all the time!  Why?  Because that is what we have been doing ever since man first sinned.  When the first sin occurred in the Garden of Eden, Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed Satan, which really meant that Adam and Eve both blamed God.  Listen to yourself the next time you get angry or impatient or you lie or you lack joy.  Who do you blame?  What do you blame?

For more on this, read this excellent guest post over at Desiring God.  Do you see yourself in playing the blame game in any of these areas.

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Jesus in China

Tonight at 9pm Eastern, PBS’s Frontline/World will air a documentary (a joint project with the Tribune) on Christianity in China. Looks interesting.

The Chicago Tribune today published its second cover story in a row on “Jesus in China.” Their articles this week hit on many of the recent issues in Chinese Christianity, including the rapid rise in attendance, the compromises of membership in the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (the state church), and the fact that this wave of Christianity is not led by foreign missionaries.

(HT:  In Light of the Gospel)

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Albert Mohler discusses how planned parenthood is launching a new, aggressive strategy targeting more upper class families.  Mohler writes about this chilling development here.

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